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Is it possible to “opt out” of targeted ads by disabling third-party cookies on one’s browser? Most importantly, will disabling third-party cookies stop ISPs (partnered with companies like Front Porch) from collecting information on your browsing habits? Will disabling third-party cookies stop Google and similar website-based ad networks from collecting information on your browsing habits?

Any help is much appreciated!

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Most importantly, will disabling third-party cookies stop ISPs (partnered with companies like Front Porch) from collecting information on your browsing habits?

Bottom line... Disabling third-party cookies can stop some types of tracking by advertisers, but not all. If your ISP is installing third-party cookies then you should be able to block those so that their partners, like Front Porch, cannot track your habits.

Will disabling third-party cookies stop Google and similar website-based ad networks from collecting information on your browsing habits?

Yes - but they can still track your browsing habits when you are on their site or network of sites, using first-party cookies. Once you leave their network, and you have third-party cookies disabled, they will not be able to track you.

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